Phoenix Arizona


Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon by quotes

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon Named

“Best Mayor in North America”

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Phoenix Arizona Mayor Phil Gordon, following months of online, worldwide voting, has emerged as the “Best Mayor in North America” and is one of only 11 finalists in contention to be named “Best Mayor in the World.”

Every two years the world’s most outstanding mayor is presented with the World Mayor Award by City Mayors. City Mayors is an international network of professionals working to promote strong and prosperous cities, and is headquartered in London.

According to its Web site, “The World Mayor project …seeks out mayors who have the vision, passion and skills to make their cities amazing places to live in, work in and visit. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve as well as raise their profiles nationally and internationally. It honors those who have served their communities selflessly and courageously and who have made significant contributions to the well-being of cities. The most outstanding mayor of 2008 will be presented with the World Mayor Award.”

Read more at: Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon



AWARD WINNING TEMPE FACILITY CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING by azhttp

TEMPE (October 11, 2007) – Please join us as we celebrate the

newest and “greenest” facility in the Valley Metro transit system.

The public is invited to view and tour the East Valley Bus Operations and

Maintenance Facility at 2050 W. Rio Salado Parkway and understand more about

what makes a building environmentally friendly at the grand opening on

October 22.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with a breakfast and facility tours

to follow at 10:30 a.m. Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and Scottsdale Mayor Mary

Manross will make remarks about the features of the facility at 9:30 a.m.

The facility was recently awarded the Valley Forward Association Award of

Merit for Buildings and Structures because of its innovative use of recycled

materials and use of local resources.

“In Tempe, we are working to create an economically, culturally

and environmentally sustainable community,” said Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman.

“This new facility is a tangible representation of that commitment and of

our ability to work together to make that sustainable vision a reality.”

The cities of Tempe and Scottsdale, along with Valley Metro,

will be celebrating this new facility that contains sustainable elements

that help to protect and conserve the Earth’s natural resources. Tempe and

Scottsdale are actively supporting Leadership in Energy and Environmental

Design (LEED) certified buildings in their communities.

Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross said, “I am particularly proud

that Scottsdale and Tempe have supported a goal of LEED certification, and

with a Gold certification submittal for the facility’s administration

building it proves outstanding dedication to this effort.”

The new facility will provide and enhance future transportation

services in the Valley. The 24-acre facility will house 250 buses and 600

employees and include more than 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art

maintenance, fueling, bus wash and administrative “green” space. The

administration office will be submitted for LEED Gold certification and the

remainder of the project will be submitted for LEED Silver certification by

the U.S. Green Building Council.

Funding for the facility is a combination of Proposition 400

public transportation funds, local funds from Tempe and Scottsdale, and

federal funds. The event is free to the public.

Valley Metro/RPTA is an organization of 14 local governments

that provides or funds transit services to citizens in the greater Phoenix

metropolitan and surrounding areas. For more information about Valley Metro

public transit services, call Transit Information at (602) 253-5000; for

callers with TTY (602) 261-8208; or visit the Valley Metro website at

www.ValleyMetro.org <http://www.valleymetro.org/> . The ON THE MOVE logo

designates those transportation projects approved by voters in November

2004.



Mesa – City Portals by azhttp
October 3, 2007, 5:17 am
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Contact: Jessica Brodersen

Web Specialist

480.644.5035 Tel

jessica.brodersen@cityofmesa.org

Mesa was recently named as a finalist in the Best of the Web Awards for City Portals. In addition, the city won an honorable mention in the government internal category for the automated web application for PC cycle replacement.

The Best of the Web Award is a national program that recognizes the most innovative, user-friendly state and local government portals.

“We are extremely proud to have received this recognition from the Center for Digital Government not only this year but on numerous occasions in the past because it shows we are consistent with our efforts to increase our use of technology, which will improve the quality of life of our citizens,”

Mesa City Manager Chris Brady said. “The award recognizes the creativity, innovation and dedication of our employees who have truly made the City of Mesa tech savvy.”

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. For more information about the Center, and to view the list of all award winners, visit the Web site at http://www.centerdigitalgov.com.



City of Phoenix Mayor and Council Election by quotes

Your Vote is Your Voice

Mayor and Council Election
September 11, 2007

The following also is provided in Spanish. Lo siguiente también es provisto en español.

On Sept. 11, 2007 the city of Phoenix will conduct a Mayor and Council Election in which voters in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 will elect city council members and all voters will elect a mayor. In addition, ballot measures will be presented to voters for their consideration. A Runoff Election will be held on Nov. 6, 2007 if no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for an office in the September election.

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Important Dates

For additional information about the Election please call the City Clerk Department at 602-261-VOTE (8683), TTY 602-534-2737.

Other City of Phoenix Election Information



Phoenix City Hall Event Will Salute Veterans by quotes

Phoenix City Hall Event Will Salute Veterans Mayor Phil Gordon and the Phoenix Military Veterans Commission will present the fourth annual “Mayoral Salute to All Veterans of American Wars,” 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.

Veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq will be honored during the ceremony at the City Hall atrium. Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, a decorated Vietnam veteran, will be the keynote speaker. The Cesar Chavez High School Color Guard will post the colors, and the musical group, “VA Voices” will perform.

The public is invited, especially families of current military members. For more information, call 480-844-4851.



Valley Homeless Veterans Receive Hands-up at StandDown by quotes

Homeless Hotline (602) 263-8845 Valley Homeless Veterans Receive Hands-up at StandDown

More than 400 homeless veterans in the Valley are expected to receive temporary haven and assistance during the Arizona StandDown 2006 from Oct. 27 to 29 at the Phoenix Watkins Shelter, 1120 W. Watkins St.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, with a 10 a.m. opening ceremony featuring Mayor Phil Gordon, District 6 Councilman Greg Stanton, District 8 Councilman Michael Johnson and former Congressman Matt Salmon. The event will conclude at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, with a special recognition ceremony hosted by Councilman Greg Stanton, chairman of the Regional Continuum of Care on Homelessness.

During the Sunday recognition ceremony, success stories will be shared and an “open mike” opportunity will give veterans a chance to talk about how the weekend activities have assisted them. Each veteran will receive a special thank you for their service – a dog tag with a StandDown message.

The veterans will be picked up at eight Valley locations and transported to the StandDown site where they will receive services that include meals, haircuts, showers, entertainment, legal and medical assistance, clothing, employment and housing placement services.

The StandDown seeks to increase the community’s awareness of the plight of the homeless American veteran, while bringing a variety of social service providers together to meet with, inform and assist the veterans in regaining a more productive, satisfying lifestyle.

StandDown is a military term that refers to a brief period of time for a soldier to leave an active combat area, to rest and regain strength before returning to battle.

The StandDown focuses not on being a handout, but a way to create an atmosphere conducive to change and recovery.

The event is coordinated by U.S. VETS – Phoenix; the city of Phoenix Human Services and Police departments; VA Medical Center – Phoenix; VA Regional Office; Arizona Department of Economic Security; Arizona Department of Veteran Services; and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with other individuals and agencies.

Last year’s StandDown served more than 300 homeless veterans and assisted 41 homeless veterans to enter housing programs. For more information on Arizona StandDown 2006 or to donate, call U.S. VETS – Phoenix at 602-305-8585.

Call the Homeless Hotline (602) 263-8845



Asian Pacific American Business Expo Scheduled for Nov. 4 by quotes

 Asian Pacific American Business Expo Scheduled for Nov. 4

Entrepreneurs, business owners and large corporations interested in establishing or expanding work with the Valley’s Asian Pacific American community are invited to the 11th annual Asian Pacific American Business Expo, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Phoenix Convention Center’s new West Building, Third and Adams streets.

Mayor Phil Gordon will open this year’s event which features more than 100 small business information booths, entertainment, refreshments and door prizes. The event’s major sponsors include the city of Phoenix, Honeywell, SCF Arizona and the Asian Chamber of Commerce.

The expo encourages and enables business and banking partners to connect with the growing Asian community, as well as allows businesses and industries to tap into the Asian Pacific market. The expo also offers cultural discoveries and exchanges of Asian food, language, music, dance and costume.

Admission is free. For more information, call 602-495-5509.



Ability Counts Winners Overcome Disability Obstacles by quotes

 Ability Counts Winners Overcome Disability Obstacles

Eleven Valley individuals and organizations were recognized recently for their ability to overcome barriers and significantly contribute to the advancement of people with disabilities at the 2006 Ability Counts Community and Student awards luncheon.

The Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues and the city’s Equal Opportunity Department coordinate the Ability Counts Community Awards Program, which recognizes various individuals and organizations each year.

This year’s community award winners are:

  • Don Aldrich Advocacy Award – Dr. Lori Latowski Grover
  • Employer of the Year Award Matrixx Initiatives Inc.
  • Employee of the Year Award – Sharon Gibbs, Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Architectural Accessibility Award Schumacher European Ltd.
  • Phoenix Mayor’s Award – Gary S. Corcoran

The annual student awards program recognized six outstanding students with disabilities for their personal and academic achievements. The students received financial awards based on their grade level. The winner in grades one through six received a cash award of $500 and the winner in grades seven through nine received a cash award of $1,000. The winner in grades 10 to 12 received a cash award of $1,500 and the three college winners received a cash award of $2,000 each. The John F. Long Foundation and the Phoenix Suns Charities provided the scholarship funds.

This year’s five student awards winners are:

Grades 1 – 6

Halie Bayless, R.E. Simpson Elementary School

Grades 7 – 9

Connor Westberg Doty, Desert Vista High School

Grades 10 – 12

Adam Schmuki, Shadow Mountain High School

College

Jessi McDonald, IIA (International Institute of Americas)

John “Matt” Hoie, Paradise Valley Community College

Jenna Gibbs, Arizona State University West Campus

The event was sponsored by the Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues, Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department. Here is information about the winners:

Dr. Lori Latowski GroverDon Aldrich Advocacy Award

Dr. Grover has provided an immense amount of awareness for the population of individuals with vision impairment, especially for children with vision loss. She has worked for the Foundation for Blind Children, a non-profit agency serving visually impaired children and adults for the past three years. At the foundation, Dr. Grover developed the area’s first comprehensive agency-based low-vision department serving underprivileged populations with eye care.

Dr. Grover has served as a volunteer representative from the Arizona Optometric Association Legislative Committee since 2000. She played a major role in the inclusion of new language for driver’s license recently implemented in January 2006 to include people with low vision, bringing Arizona to the table with 38 other states who afford safe and legal driving for qualified adults with vision impairment.

She has given hours of personal time educating doctors and the public through lectures about the abilities of people with vision loss. Dr. Grover’s other volunteer activities include collaborative

efforts with the University of Arizona, St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. She has provided medical care to children at high risk of vision impairment as a “Health Safari” volunteer doctor.

Matrixx Initiatives Inc. Employer of the Year

Matrixx Initiatives Inc. is recognized for its outstanding efforts to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The company made it possible for Gompers Center Vocational Department and Valley of the Sun Vocational Services to employ more than 150 adults with disabilities through hand and machine packaging jobs.

Beginning October 2005 through April 2006, these centers were busy completing more than 480 thousand units of products for local and national retail stores. Matrixx Initiatives Inc. provided machinery and installed the necessary assistive components for these individuals to learn new skills and use the machines.

Sharon Gibbs, Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Employee of the Year

Sharon Gibbs first came to the center 15 years ago as a client who lost an eye to glaucoma and had limited vision in the other eye. She began volunteering as the centers receptionist and answered hundreds of calls daily. Gibbs assumed responsibility for helping clients and members of the community purchase or replace adaptive aids and devices like mobility canes, talking watches and Braille paper machines.

She enthusiastically filled the position of volunteer coordinator and began revising the screening and recruiting process to provide better security. Gibbs developed an orientation program, personally instructed all new volunteers in sighted-guide techniques and created a diversity of recognition and appreciation methods to continually let the volunteers know how valued they were to the success of the organization. After 15 years as a volunteer, she become a full-time employee.

Schumacher European Ltd. Architectural Accessibility

Schumacher European Ltd, a Mercedes-Benz dealership, was carefully planned and designed with more than the minimum required amenities for people with disabilities. The vision during the design process was to be accommodating to all customers.

The architect and contractor were instructed to do “their best” and the final result was a dealership that is an excellent example of a facility that accommodates people with disabilities. The facility offers accessible parking at all entrances, high-low drinking fountains, a customer waiting room with a coffee bar that provides for wheelchair seating at both the counter and tables and a customer lounge with wheelchair accessible seating at its Internet computers.

Gary CorcoranPhoenix Mayor’s Award

Gary Corcoran has volunteered thousands of hours serving as a representative of persons with disabilities for more than a decade. He continuously demonstrates the outstanding abilities of a professional person with a disability. Cocoran served as chair of the Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues (MCDI) and co-chaired MCDI’s transportation and housing committees. He is a respected advisor to City Council members, businesses and non-profit organizations in Phoenix and helped to establish the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council.

Cocoran is a member of the Phoenix Citizens Transit Commission, city of Phoenix Development Advisory Board, Alhambra Village Planning Commission and the Maricopa County Housing Authority. He is, or has been, a member of accessibility oversight committees for numerous projects including Chase Field, US Airways Center, Dodge Theatre and the Phoenix light rail project. He also has given many recommendations for improving accessibility at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Through his effective team building and sensitivity to the needs of others, Corcoran has made far-reaching policy recommendations in structuring, implementing and overseeing Transit 2000, establishment of the monthly Dial-A-Ride pass, citywide transit vehicle accessibility and improved housing policies. He also has participated in numerous city bond campaigns.

Grades 1 – 6

Halie Bayless – R.E. Simpson Elementary School

Halie Bayless is an ambitious fifth grader with a “can do” spirit despite the fact that she is blind. In the classroom, she earned the title “teacher of the day” for her reading efforts and also was selected as “student of the month” for her overall efforts in academics and community spirit. She works hard to increase her skills with the use of assisted technology for her academics.

Bayless recently won the Alhambra District’s fourth grade poetry contest and was published. She also was runner up in the Junior Miss beauty pageant. She is on the Washington School pool dive team and finished fourth in her age group out of five.

For the last two years, she has been top child fund raiser for the FFB Bowling for the Blind. Bayless also sings in the children’s church choir. Along with the Girl Scouts from her troop 1273, she is sending cookies and cards to our service people in Iraq. Her response to situations always exceeds expectations and sets the bar for others.

Grades 7 – 9

Connor Westberg Doty – Desert Vista High School

Connor Westberg Doty set a goal to be successful in school, not just in subjects he lived, but in the ones he didn’t like math and science. He is a lover of animals and his teachers count on him to take care of class pets. Doty’s passion has translated into a love for biology and zoology. He has made straight As in science and recently won an award for computer technology. His future goal is to go to college and find a job saving endangered species.

Doty finished the last school year on the honor roll. He also won two awards at the eighth grade awards ceremony and has received recognition for his hard work and academic accomplishments. The Altadena teachers and staff awarded him with the “Whatever it Takes Award” for students who despite huge obstacles and challenges do whatever it takes to become successful. Although Doty is autistic, he has never let his disability hinder him from his dreams.

Grades 10 – 12

Adam Schmuki – Shadow Mountain High School

Adam Schmuki qualified to compete in the 2004 and 2005 National Junior Disability Championships and in 2004, he won all five events he entered despite a spinal condition he has had

since birth. Since middle school, he has used a wheelchair as his primary means of mobility. In 2006, he competed in the Grand Canyon State Games with non-disabled athletes and qualified for the State Games of America Nationals in swimming, where he received the APS Power Player Award for display of extraordinary character.

With ongoing surgeries, Schmuki has worked to maintain a 3.5 GPA with a rigorous schedule and classes required for college. His love for reading has helped him become knowledgeable in many areas with history as his current favorite subject.

College

Jessi McDonald – International Institute of Americas (IIA)

Since the age of nine, Jessi McDonald has participated in the “Special Friends Program” under the umbrella of the state’s Child Protective Services. The program allowed him to participate in the community under the supervision of licensed CPS volunteers. During Jessi’s senior year, he was a recipient of the “Student of the Month Award” and was recognized for his service to his school.

On his graduation in May 2005, Jessi was awarded a prestigious honor sponsored by the Peoria Education Enrichment Foundation. The award was presented to one outstanding boy and one outstanding girl per high school. The scholarship award is called “Against all Odds.” Jessi’s grade point average offered him the opportunity to pursue higher education at IIA (International Institute of the Americas). He recently received his certificate for “Front Office Medical Administration.”

Jenna Gibbs – ASU West Campus

Jenna Gibbs began her life-long community service efforts as a Girl Scout who was always willing to help. She has interned and volunteered for organizations such as the American Red Cross, Arizona Humane Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp and the West Valley Crisis Nursery. At a very early age, her parents were told that she would never walk, talk or communicate. She does all three very well.

She recently completed a social work internship with the Glendale Family Development Center where she provided support to families attend the center as well as the staff. Gibbs was an honor roll student in high school and was in the Society of Women Scholars all four years. She maintained a 4.0 GPA in college graduating with a degree in psychology. Gibbs has begun her second year of a two-year Master of Social Work curriculum at ASU West.

Currently, she is placed as a hospital social worker at Banner Thunderbird Samaritan Hospital. Gibbs will graduate in May 2007 with her master’s in social work.

John “Matt” Hoie – Paradise Valley Community College

John “Matt” Hoie has a goal to help others and has volunteered more than 500 hours of service to community recreation programs, serving teens and young adults with disabilities. He is a member of Arizona’s State Leadership Team on Transition and has been a panel presenter in Washington D.C.

Another goal of his has been to participate in drama, and over the past four years, he has landed roles in three performances at his high school. In May 2006, Hoie graduated from Paradise Valley High school with a 3.71 GPA. He was voted “most outstanding senior” by the special services faculty and was the recipient of the Bryan J. Pollan Memorial Scholarship. As he prepared for graduation, he took and passed the AIMS test with an excelling score in writing.

Last spring he began a part-time job at the Scottsdale YMCA where he is developing new skills. Hoie has earned nine hours of college credit and currently is enrolled to continue his education at Paradise Valley Community College. His goal is to study exercise science.

A Special Recognition award was presented to the Phoenix Police Department’s Accessibility Enforcement (ACE) Program Volunteers. The ACE Program Volunteers respond throughout the city issuing disabled parking citations. Their mission is to provide safe and accessible parking spaces for the disabled community through enforcement and education. Directed response is accomplished by responding to locations identified through the Save Our Space Hotline. Currently there are 20 volunteers providing more than 250 hours of service and writing up to 200 citations each month.

The luncheon this year is dedicated to Randy Werner, a strong advocate for the disability community. His gift of song, compassion, big heart and endless smile gave others the courage and will to help them overcome barriers to self-development, employment and independent living. Werner passed away in December 2005, but his spirit of giving lives on.

He started Upward Motions in the early 1990s, a disability counseling and consulting business. Through his church and business, Werner worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people with disabilities through his money, time, energy and support. He maintained and supported disability organizations including ABIL (Arizona Bridge to Independent Living) and the Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues.

The Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues commemorates Randy Werner’s life and recognizes his commitment to the disability community.

For more information on the awards and the Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues,

Call 602-262-7486/voice, 602-534-1557/TTY or visit phoenix.gov/mcdi.



Public Invited to Downtown Strategic Plan Community Meeting by quotes

 Public Invited to Downtown Strategic Plan Community Meeting

The city of Phoenix will hold a community meeting to provide residents with a status update on the city’s plan for downtown. A presentation on the “Downtown Strategic Vision and Blueprint for the Future” and Arizona State University’s “Vision for the Downtown Phoenix Campus” will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Phoenix Preparatory Academy, 735 E. Fillmore St.

In December 2004, the mayor and City Council adopted a comprehensive strategy for downtown and identified priorities, including making downtown an anchor for the knowledge economy; providing diverse quality housing; providing an eclectic mix of people, spaces and uses; expanding diversity of artistic and cultural opportunities; fostering retail establishments; creating well-defined and well-designed public spaces while protecting historic treasures; and supporting a sense of place that connects the existing urban fabric with infrastructure. The presentation will provide an update on the implementation of the goals as identified in the report.

The ASU “Vision for the Downtown Phoenix Campus” will include an update on the implementation of Phase One of campus development. The campus opened in August with more than 4,000 students and the future build-out of the campus is expected to serve up to 15,000 students by 2008.

For more information, visit phoenix.gov/downtown or call 602-534-7143.



Mayor Hallman continues “Office Hours” series by quotes
October 4, 2006, 9:29 pm
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Mayor Hallman continues “Office Hours” series

TEMPE, Ariz. – This fall and winter, Mayor Hugh Hallman will travel
around town once a month, inviting Tempe residents, students and
business owners to share their feedback and concerns. “Office Hours,”
will be held the first Tuesday of the month from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at
various locations.

“Holding Office Hours is my chance to visit with Tempeans in their
neighborhoods on an informal basis, one-on-one or in small groups,
answering questions and – most importantly – listening to their input,”
Mayor Hallman said.

So far, the Office Hours series includes the following Tuesdays from
4:30-6:30 p.m. Future dates will be announced soon.

Oct. 3 – North Tempe Multigenerational Center, 1555 N. Bridalwreath St.

Nov. 7 – Westside Community Center, 715 W. Fifth St.

Dec. 5 – Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 S. All-America Way